They've Got Secret Decoder Rings

The search for the so called "War Czar" was embarassing. Not only because it was denied by many retired generals and drew attention away form the what was happening on the ground, but also because of the mere concept.

It's often been stated by Bush that leaving Iraq:
"substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgement of our military commanders."

But by making Lt. Gen Lute both director of operations and "assistant to the president" so that he even will be in the awkward position of having four-star generals answer to him, doesn't that "substitute the opinions of politicians" (Bush and the deputy national security adviser) for the judgement of the "military commanders" (the few left that didn't quit)?

Despite a supposed criticism of the "surge"(escalation), Lute seems to have a conflict of interest.